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Useful Tips For Diagnosing Your Frigidaire Dishwasher

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Useful Tips For Diagnosing Your Frigidaire Dishwasher

When it comes to kitchen appliances, Frigidaire is one of the best, most reputable names on the market. However, that doesn’t mean that your Frigidaire appliances are immune to occasional breakdowns and troubles. 

And, there’s nothing worse than loading up your Frigidaire dishwasher, only to have something go wrong. Whether the dishwasher won’t start, or your dishes don’t get clean, a malfunctioning appliance is never any fun. 

Below, we’ll go over a few useful tips for diagnosing your Frigidaire dishwasher to help you get it back up and running in no time.

What to do if your dishwasher won’t start or work at all

If you can’t get your dishwasher to start or work at all, you’ll want to check the circuit breaker and make sure the waterlines are properly connected. Then, you’ll likely need to reset the appliance. 

Check the Circuit Breaker and the Water Line

If the circuit breaker to your dishwasher is off, your dishwasher won’t turn on at all since it won’t have any power. 

Alternatively, if the waterline has come loose, or was incorrectly installed, your dishwasher also won’t start.

Circuit Breaker Trips

circut breaker tripping

Here are a few tips on how to diagnose a circuit breaker problem. 

  1. Unplug the dishwasher from the outlet.
  2. Go to the circuit breaker panel.
  3. Check to see if any of the breakers are in the ‘off’ position.
  4. If you see a breaker in the ‘off’ position, switch it ‘on.’ 
  5. Plug your dishwasher back in to see if it turns on. 

However, if your Frigidaire dishwasher continues to trip your breaker, you likely have an electrical problem somewhere, which needs to be resolved by a professional appliance technician. 

Need a hand? Don’t hesitate to contact us today! 

Waterline Tips

dishwasher waterline

These tips will help you make sure that water flows from the water line into the dishwasher. 

  1. Unplug the dishwasher from the outlet. 
  2. Check for leaks or water damage to the floor. 
  3. Find the water supply and make sure it is on.
  4. Also, make sure the waterlines and drain are properly connected to the appliance. 

If you aren’t comfortable working with your water supply line, contact a professional technician to give you a hand. They can easily help you diagnose the problem, and get your dishwasher working in no time.

Resetting a Frigidaire Dishwasher

Sometimes if you don’t lock the door properly or press a button in the right way, your Frigidaire dishwasher will need to be reset.

You can diagnose this problem by looking at the dishwasher’s control panel. If you’re seeing an error message on the unit’s display panel, the dishwasher likely needs a reset. 

Most dishwashers have a ‘cancel’ button. Usually, pressing and holding this button for 3 to 5 seconds should reset the unit. Then, wait 5 minutes and turn the dishwasher back on.

frigidare dishwasher error code

Need Help? Work with a Professional Repair Service

For help with resetting your Frigidaire dishwasher, contact an appliance repair technician.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Won’t Clean the Dishes

Do you run your dishwasher, and the dishes come out dirty? 

While inconvenient, this is a rather common problem, which usually doesn’t have anything to do with the unit itself.

Avoid Overloading the Dishwasher With Dishes

Clean the Spray Arm

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One of the best tips we’ve got to prevent this is to avoid overloading the dishwasher. 

Too many dishes in your Frigidaire dishwasher will prevent water and soap from cleaning them effectively. 

The number of dishes that you can put in your dishwasher depends on your Frigidaire appliance’s size. 

If you have a compact Frigidaire dishwasher, for example, you should really only try to fit in enough dishes for 4 to 6 place settings. A full-sized unit, on the other hand, can typically fit 12 to 16 place settings, including plates, bowls, utensils, etc.

frigidare dishwasher spray arm

Your Frigidaire dishwasher’s spray arm is the part of the appliance that moves water around the dishwasher during a wash cycle.

Diagnose a dirty spraying arm by looking at it. If you see food particles blocking the holes, water won’t spray out from the arm. Also, try to rotate the spray arm manually. It should spin quite easily, without any resistance. 

If you can feel resistance, this might be due to a buildup of hard water minerals, or a broken bearing. 

To clean the spray arm, remove it from the dishwasher. Tips on getting the spraying arm in working condition again include,

  • Use warm water and soap. 
  • For particularly stubborn particles, soak the arm in water overnight. 
  • Use a pin to help push debris from the holes. 

Got a damaged or faulty spray arm? Contact us today!

Insufficient Water Supply

frigidare dishwasher water supply problems

Another reason why your dishes aren’t getting clean could be because of an insufficient water supply or pressure. 

One way to diagnose an insufficient water supply is to check the dishes in the top rack. If they aren’t clean after you run a cycle, the dishwasher likely isn’t getting enough water pressure to clean them. 

To fix this problem, contact a repair technician.

Broken Water Valve

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A broken water valve can prevent your Frigidaire dishwasher from cleaning dishes. In some cases, this might be what is causing a lack of pressure. 

To diagnose this problem, you’ll want to call a professional technician

Appliance repair technicians use a special device to test water valves. If the water runs well, the problem lies elsewhere. However, if the water is slow-moving or doesn’t run at all, the technician can quickly fix the problem. 

Get A Professional Diagnosis Today!

Unless you have experience working on a Frigidaire dishwasher, it’s in your best interest to leave the official diagnosis to a professional.

However, if your dishwasher won’t start or clean dishes and you’ve been able to pinpoint the reason why it won’t, don’t hesitate to talk to your appliance technician about it! 

Need a hand with your dishwasher, or other home appliances? Contact a professional appliance technician to get your dishwasher fixed fast.

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